Audiobook Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Posted May 5, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 10 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan RiegerSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Random House

Format: Audiobook

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
Narrator: Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur, Rebecca Lowman
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins

Date Read: March 2014

Genre: General Fiction, Womens Fiction

Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane—and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too.

Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn’t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationships—not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself. Much like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, The Divorce Papers will have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.

More Information:
Publisher: Crown, Random House Audio

JUST A NOTE: Read It File It is for books that I have read that I need to keep track of. The reviews will be super short (think tweet longer length) but will serve the purpose of getting the books into UBB for tracking purposes 🙂

Listened for Review (Books on Tape)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 3.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The narrators were awesome but I don’t think that The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger is best served in audio format. If I had to do it all over again I would read it!

Read It File It: Overall I can’t say I loved or hated The Divorce Papers. It was funny at parts, sad at parts, and then I just shook my head at other parts. I think this will appeal to fans of Women’s Fiction who don’t mind a story that sometimes has nothing going on really. The characters were all over the map and I think everyone will find one they relate too.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur / Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins

I really like all 3 of these narrators but this book is just not suited for audio. They had to read things like “re”, “cc”, “reply to all”, and then all the signatures, names, ect on memos, emails, and correspondence. It just didn’t flow well but I don’t think that was the narrators fault.

Final Thoughts: I would recommend this to read for fans of WF books!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3 / 5
Felicia S
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10 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

  1. I was considering the audio of this because I like Rebecca Lowman, but your review has me convinced to pick this up in print. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was also a little clunky in audio because of the email exchange format. Thanks for the tip!

  2. This one isn’t getting great reviews and I can totally see how it would get irritating listening to it when the narrator has to read all the ccs and stuff like you mentioned.

    • Most of the reviews I have read are pretty divided. It seems like it is a big hit in the legal world (ex lawyers, legal aids, ect) but among the rest of us, I think some of the lingo is just lost.